MLB Trade Rumors just released their projections for the top 50 free agents on the market this winter, and Giants fans will be very pleased with at least one of those prognostications. Mark Melancon is slotted as the Giants closer for next year with a contract of four years/$52M. Melancon makes too much sense to head out west, as he won't break the bank like Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman, and the team has gone after Melancon in the past.
In 2016 with the Pirates and Nationals, Melancon posted a 1.64 ERA and earned 47 saves while totaling 71 1/3 innings. He has surpassed 70 innings in each year since 2013 and holds a 1.80 ERA in that span. The 31 year old right-hander is exactly the type of pitcher that the Giants typically target, and is exactly what they need this winter.
The only other free agent projection that the site has coming to San Francisco is Josh Reddick, who they have at a contract that lasts three years at $12M per season. Reddick burst onto the scene in Oakland during the A's magical 2012 run, mashing 32 bombs in his first chance at regular playing time. Injuries plagued him in each of the next two seasons, and his power numbers have dipped accordingly. After 12 homer campaigns in '13 and '14, Reddick bombed 20 in '15. That number was cut in half in 2016 between time with the A's and Dodgers.
Reddick has cut down on his strikeouts over the years and has seen his batting average rise accordingly. At the very least he'll be league average at the plate, giving the club another solid bat for the lineup while also having some pop that the Giants could desperately use. He'll also represent an upgrade to the outfield's defense, which is a subgroup that could use a boost. Since 2012 Reddick has saved 45 runs according to FanGraphs' DRS score and has not posted a negative score in that time.
Reddick is accustomed to playing in right field, which is currently manned by Hunter Pence. The DRS metric hasn't been as kind to Pence over that same span, as he has posted a -4 over the last three seasons. Adding Reddick could lead to a migration from right to left for Pence at some point during the season. Generally right field is manned by the best outfield defender on the team, and that would be Reddick. That move probably wouldn't come on opening night, as the Giants are loyal to their own and make changes only when necessary, but it would certainly be something to keep an eye on.
This may not be the most exciting offseason for the Giants faithful, but it should certainly be one that helps them make a deep postseason run.